FAA Boosts Infrastructure Funding at 71 U.S. Airports

The agency is awarding $110 million in grants for projects aimed at improving safety and capacity. Is your airport on the list?

The latest round of grants include projects for taxiway improvements, aircraft rescue, firefighting and snow removal equipment.
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FAA is awarding a new batch of grants for airport infrastructure projects aimed at improving safety and capacity at 71 U.S. airports, it announced Wednesday.

Projects include taxiway improvements, aircraft rescue, firefighting and snow removal equipment.

The $110 million in grants from the Airport Infrastructure Grant (AIG) program are funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law enacted in 2022 that allots $15 billion  over a span of five years. According to the FAA, nearly $9 billion in AIG funding has been awarded to airports.

“These grants help airports across the nation sustain and improve critical infrastructure to advance the safest, most efficient airport system in the world,” Shannetta Griffin,  FAA associate administrator for airports, said in a statement.

FAA said projects funded through the latest round of grants include:

  • $43 million for Charlotte Douglas International Airport (KCLT) in North Carolina to construct a new 6,400-foot, end-around taxiway at the Runway 18C end to increase safety and reduce air traffic delays. 
  • $617,763 for Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (KBWI) in Glen Burnie, Maryland, to rehabilitate a portion of the existing Taxiway T lighting system to extend its useful life and enhance safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions. 
  • $326,000 for Omak Airport (KOMK) in Washington to reconstruct 2,000 feet of the existing Taxiway A north pavement that has reached the end of its useful life.  
  • $8.6 million for Gerald R. Ford International Airport (KGRR) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to reconstruct the existing aircraft rescue and firefighting building to continue housing eligible vehicles, equipment, supplies, and personnel.  
  • $1.3 million for Jamestown Regional Airport (KJMS) in North Dakota to rehabilitate an existing on-airport roadway to provide a path for aircraft rescue and firefighting trucks, airport vehicles, and ground service equipment to operate without entering airfield movement areas. 
  • $881,000 for Southwest Minnesota Regional Marshall Airport/Ryan Field (KMML) in Marshall to construct a 2,470-square-foot building to store snow removal equipment. 
  • $722,220 for Pocatello Regional Airport (KPIH) in Idaho to acquire a new wheel loader with ramp plow and bucket.  
  • $497,484 for Walla Walla Regional Airport (KALW) in Washington to acquire replacement snow removal equipment with plow and deice distributor. 
  • $448,000 for Mora Municipal Airport (KJMR) in Minnesota to acquire a replacement carrier vehicle with plow and sweeper attachments. 
  • $292,000 for Marshfield Municipal Airport-George Harlow Field (KGHG) in Massachusetts to acquire replacement snow removal equipment. 
  • $113,003 for Glen Ullin Regional Airport (D57) in North Dakota to acquire a new blower attachment. 
  • $41,951 for Big Horn County Airport (KGEY) in Hardin, Montana, to acquire a new truck and plow equipment. 

More information about airport infrastructure projects funded by the Bipartisan Instructure Law and where they are located may be found here.

Kimberly is managing editor of FLYING Digital.

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